Artiste Extradordinaire de l’Afrique
We wrote the description of our percussionist, Professor Sompohi Baya, in French because he is from Ivory Coast on the continent of Africa — where they speak French. Also, because Professor Baya is an extraordinary artist who is trained and triumphant in painting, sculpture, stonework, ironwork, and more. My favorite works of his are the recycled pieces, made from milk cartons and other materials. I also enjoy his raffia pieces, fashioned using grass mats weaved in his hometown. The creative period of his career that’s happening now, his current artistic directive, is called Glalogy. The “GLA” is what is known to U.S. American culture as the African mask. In Ivory Coast, the Gla is the spiritual connector to the ancestors. Professor Baya teaches that the European church evolved from the African spiritual system, and this phenomenon is displayed when you take the Gla and turn it upside down. See? The view turns from an African mask to an image of a gothic church. Buy a Baya today! Just click on Contact Us. For more information about Professor Sompohi Baya, go to www.wobebli.net.